Manchester United are keeping close tabs on Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte who is under high consideration as the club organizes their summer transfer plans.
Larporte is being considered as a player who can make a long-term partnership for Chris Smalling, who has become a top player in United’s squad following a series of spectacular performance.
The 21-year-old defender is on a new contract that was signed in the summer and it includes a £32 million release clause.
Manchester United are considered the frontrunners in signing the player who is being represented by Jorge Mendes, with who they have a good relationship.
The relationship between United and Mendes has been good banked on the evidence that he facilitated Radamel Falcao’s move to Old Trafford and also saw United goalkeeper David de Gea sign a new contract with the Premier League giants.
Laporte has made 23 start for his side (Bilbao) this season, making one assist and scoring three goals. With Athletic Bilbao currently struggling in the sixth spot in the La Liga table, it is imperative that the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League if they wish to sign the defender.
Director Ed Woodward is aware of the complexities in luring Bilbao players to sign a transfer deal, given their first-hand experience with Andre Herrera.